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What the Oregon House races in Marion County look like after the primaries

The primaries for Oregon’s 60 seats in the House of Representatives were largely uncompetitive.

Nine House districts cover parts of Marion County, but only two had more than one candidate in each primary: House District 21, which includes Keizer and North Salem, and House District 57, which includes all of Morrow, Gilliam, Sherman, Wheeler and other districts includes. parts of Wasco, Jefferson, Marion, Umatilla and Clackamas counties.

Salem City Council President Virginia Stapleton will face Rep. Kevin Mannix, R-Salem, for House District 21.Salem City Council President Virginia Stapleton will face Rep. Kevin Mannix, R-Salem, for House District 21.

Salem City Council President Virginia Stapleton will face Rep. Kevin Mannix, R-Salem, for House District 21.

Virginia Stapleton vs. Kevin Mannix for House District 21

Salem City Council Speaker Virginia Stapleton defeated former legislative aide Keith Haxton for the Democratic nomination in HD 21. The district had long been in Democratic hands before the 2022 elections, when it flipped Republican with the election of Kevin Mannix, who will challenge Stapleton in the general election. election.

Stapleton said that as a state representative she would “continue fighting to solve our mental health and homelessness crisis, lower costs for families, fully fund our public schools, make our streets and neighborhoods safer, increase access to reproductive health care and build a thriving economy. That helps people move forward.”

Mannix, a Keizer resident who runs a law firm in Salem, returned to the Oregon Legislature in 2023 after previously serving as a Democrat and Republican in the Oregon House of Representatives and Senate from 1989 to 2000.

Mannix has received $53,648 in contributions this year, while Stapleton has received $27,935.

Greg Smith, R, District 57Greg Smith, R, District 57

Greg Smith, R, District 57

The incumbent in House District 57 will take office unopposed in November

In House District 57, incumbent Rep. Greg Smith, R-Heppner, easily defeated Republican primary challenger Raymond Aker, a local union engineer.

Smith is the longest-serving representative in the Legislature. He has represented the vast district since 2002.

Smith has received $63,594 in contributions this year, according to campaign finance data.

Dianne Lugo covers the Oregon Legislature and equity issues. Reach her at [email protected] or on X @DianneLugo

This article originally appeared in Salem Statesman Journal: What two Oregon House races look like after the primaries

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